April 18, 2017 / 11:06 AM / 3 years ago

Police helicopter carrying 12 crashes in eastern Turkey: security sources

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Twelve people were killed when a Turkish police helicopter crashed in the eastern province of Tunceli on Tuesday, the local governor’s office said, blaming the crash on poor weather conditions.

The helicopter was carrying a judge, seven police officers, one sergeant and three crew members, the Tunceli governor’s office said in a statement.

Heavy fog in the region made the rescue operation for the Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk helicopter difficult, Turkish media reports said.

Writing by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Nick Tattersall and Isabel Coles

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